Business - Written by Denis Hancock on Friday, January 12, 2007 17:36 - 3 Comments
In the land of keitai, the iPhone is business as usual
When Steve Jobs hit the podium at the MacWorld conference, he unvieled the iPhone saying “every once in awhile, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” As longtime Silicon Valley consultant Paul Saffo added after seeing it, “this is cyber space in your pocket. It’s going to be the new object of desire.” There is little doubt about the level of anticipation for this product – at least in the U.S.
But sometimes we forget how far behind we are on such technology here in North America, which Bruce Wallace pointed out yesterday when he looked at the response to the iPhone in Japan. While the design and touch controls may win over some followers over there, keitai devices offering almost everything the new iPhone does have been around for quite awhile. And remember, they’ve been on a 3G network for years, and have been doing things like, well, watching live TV on their phones, pointing the device at bar codes and getting directed to websites, using it as a payment device, and all kinds of other social and location based services that have evolved along the way.
The iPhone has a real cool design, and I would bet it’s going to sell pretty well – but it’s got a ways to go before the services tied to it even catch up to the rest of the world, let alone change everything.
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